The Illes Balears Clàssics-Vela Clásica Mallorca at Club de Mar, Palma starts today and lasts until Saturday. It will have a record number of fifty entrants.
This year's regatta features for the first time Moonbeam IV, built in 1914, and Cambria (1928). There are four of the great 'legends' of world sailing in the 15mJI class. This brings together the best ships of its kind, designed by William Fife III mainly between 1907 and 1917. Only four survive, and they are in Palma: Hispania (1909), Tuiga (1909), Mariska (1908) and Lady Anne (1912). The Tuiga, once owned by the Duke of Medinaceli, is now the flagship of the Monaco Yacht Club and won at the Club de Mar in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Past winners returning include Kahurangi in the Classics division. It is a sloop designed by Arthur Robb and was launched in 1952 in New Zealand. It was the flagship of the New Zealand Royal Yacht Squadron and won numerous trophies. Its world-famous crew included the legendary Sir Peter Blake, twice winner of the America's Cup who competed with this boat in the Sydney-Hobart in 1967.
Racing for all divisions starts at 12.30pm today.